August 3, 2011 Subject:
Learn about "evidence" thru anecdotes, innuendo and hearsay
In the late 1940s, from "Amazing Stories", a science fiction magazine no less, Richard Shaver, claimed that the 'Deros', who lived in caves and caverns here on earth, were the evil remnants of an advanced civilization, that once lived here on Terra. The Deros were left behind by the Teros because they were bad. The Deros kidnapped modern humans and used them as slaves and torture for their amusement.
It was nothing short of fantastic, how many people bought into this.
This recording is a great example of how people without any idea of what constitutes genuine evidence, can be misled by "fast talkers" into believing just about anything. Example paraphrased from memory: "There is one fact, I can't reveal, that proves beyond doubt, the Shaver mysteries are real". This constitutes evidence!!!??? Then this person continues to argue the point. He alludes to top secret information that couldn't be revealed, due to national security, and tries to draw an analogy between the two! There were a number of proponents on both sides of the debate. It was nothing short of hilarious how the people on his side of the argument, considered this as proof!
One says he has a DRAWING at home that shows what a Dero looks like. One of the Deros believer say,"That's interesting".
Another says, "If late at night, you take off your shoes and throw them around, and scream as loud as you can, "Show me a Dero", a ray will come and get you and take you to the Deros where you will be enslaved, etc".
Another farce is the alleged explanation of the 'Deros' (detrimental robot) alphabet, which is screwy beyond description.
There was one gentleman on the show, who could not be bested by our brightest minds today, Ben Isquith, to his credit, saw every chink in the armor and pointed out every flaw and hole in the story!
Having rehashed this here, and having done a little "cogitating", it actually is interesting from the psychological point of view. And great entertainment in a voyeuristic sort of way.
How to rate..... what a conundrum.... As a genuine assertation 0-1 stars... As an example of a conspiracy hoax 3-4. As humor.... 2-3 stars.... As a historical document... 3 stars.
As this was being considered as truth, I'm going to give it 2 stars... though as entertainment, maybe it rates three...